Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival 2019
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Held in the stunning Purbeck countryside in Langton Matravers on the outskirts of Swanage in Dorset, the Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival will take place from Friday July 19th to Sunday July 21st 2019.
This year's festival will see reggae legends rub shoulders with upcoming bands and DJs from the UK and abroad with 60 acts performing across four stages. Main acts this year include former Soul II Soul frontman and reggae producer Jazzie B, dub poet and Peaky Blinder Benjamin Zephaniah, vegan tunesmith Macka B, the bass heavy soundscapes of Congo Natty, French electronic dub from Manudigital and reggae royalty Johnny Osbourne and the Upper Cut Band.
Elsewhere a multitude of soundsystems, deejays and producers will perform on the Jah Spirit Stage, an eclectic collection of acoustic and spoken word acts will appear on the DJ Derek Stage and a posse of hot young DJs and selectors will be showcasing the best in drum & bass, dubstep and ragga in the late night Shhhbeen.
The Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival is now in its fourth year and previous headliners on the main stage have included Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mad Professor, General Levy, Brinsley Forde, Tippa Irie, Mikey General, Joe Ariwa, Earl Sixteen, Carroll Thompson, Janet Kay and Festus Coxsone.
Both the Main Stage and the Jah Spirit Soundsystem Stage are under cover so the music carries on whatever the weather. Elsewhere there's a chillout zone, street food stalls (including a Jamaican jerk barbecue, wood-fired pizza and vegetarian/vegan food), the main bar serving draught beer and ice cold lager and the Rumshak's infamous rum cocktails; we're still trying to work out what the 'magic ingredient' is but they taste great and get you dancing!
The Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival is a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep your little ragamuffins entertained including a dedicated kid's field and a wooded clearing featuring storytelling and music. To encourage the whole family to come along, we offer reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-3s are free!
Organised by members of Bournemouth's Dubheart Collective, the festival takes place over three days at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers and the ticket price includes full admission and camping for three nights. There is a glamping field with pre-pitched tents and campervans and caravans are welcome (for a small additional fee). There are a limited number of day tickets available and all tickets and information are available on the festival website